A collision at a Tavernier intersection early Saturday caused serious injuries to two people who needed an emergency air-ambulance flight to a mainland trauma center.
The 21-year-old driver of a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro that was destroyed in the 8:10 a.m. crash at U.S. 1 and Burton Drive was listed in extremely critical condition, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Natali Rubio of Miami and passenger Bryan Pacheco Espinal, 21, of Gainesville were flown by a helicopter ambulance that took them from a pickup point at Harris Harris Park to Ryder Trauma Center. Rubio’s condition was not available Monday.
Espinal posted online that he expected to be discharged Monday after treatment for a head gash and internal bleeding. Camaro passenger Gabriela A. Ney, 20, of Homestead was treated and released from Mariners Hospital.
The FHP reported the Camaro pulled out of Burton Drive oceanside and tried to cross the two northound lanes of U.S. 1 in the intersection near mile marker 92.6. A 2012 Hino wrecker tow truck, driven by Roberto Rivera of Key Largo, was headed north in the right lane when the car pulled out, the FHP described in a report.
The truck crashed into the Camaro’s left-side door, sending the car into a spin before it stopped. No injuries were listed for Rivera. Damage to the truck was estimated at $8,000. No charges were filed at the scene, pending investigation.
Key Largo crash
A crash early Tuesday morning in North Key Largo sent two people to Ryder in serious but stable condition, the FHP says.
Troopers say that at 12:16 a.m. on County Road 905A, Aluiso Santos, 55, of Miami was driving a 2002 Jaguar south while Christopher Evesque, 32, of Ocean Reef was northbound in a 2006 Toyota.
The Jaguar crossed over the center line and the vehicles struck left front to left front. The road was closed for about two hours. Charges are pending.